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Monday, June 28, 2010

Governors Highway Safety Association Issues Report About Nationwide Efforts to Curb Distracted Driving

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report about steps states are taking to reduce distracted driving. GHSA is a nonprofit association that works to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management, and represents the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

According to the GHSA news release about the report, “the survey found that states are aggressively pursuing solutions to distracted driving including: stronger laws, increased data collection, new education programs, public/private partnerships and a growing reliance on new media to spread the message.”

The report states that Maryland is one of 27 states that has made distracted driving a priority and has included efforts to combat this problem in its strategic highway safety plans.

Maryland also collects information about the number of crashes in which distraction (of any kind) is a factor in a crash; has distracted driving materials targeting teen drivers and/or their parents; includes distracted driving on the State’s Driver License Test; educates the public about the dangers of distracted driving using traditional methods but not social media; work with employers to develop distracted driving policies; and has novice driver cell phone bans.

The report is available online at the GHSA website.
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